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Physical Play Against Sabres

from the Buffalo News,

While the Sabres have garnered high respect for their collection of skill players, some teams have been emboldened by a more physical approach.
“A team like Buffalo that’s got so many small, skilled players, the only way to stop them is to start hitting them,” Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Wade Belak said before Saturday night’s game in the Air Canada Centre.
“They have a lot of guys that’s not a part of their game to be bangers. They got more goal scorers and danglers.”

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Giving Praise To Others

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Tim Leiweke, governor of the Los Angeles Kings, an organiza tion that boasts some of the most promising young players in hockey, including 19-year-old Anze Kopitar, 24-year-old Alexander Frolov, 19-year-old Jack Johnson, 24-year-old Mike Cammalleri, 22-year-old Dustin Brown and 21-year-old Patrick O’Sullivan, goes to Kansas City and has this to say after recruiting the Penguins to play in the new arena that, oh, by the way, the owner of the Kings owns and operates:
“There’s something special about this franchise,” said Leiweke, and he was not talking about his very own franchise, no, most certainly not, but rather another one. “This is the best young team not only in the NHL, but the best young team in sports….”

continued...and is Knuble available…

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Meaningful Data

from the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Last Sunday the league’s realignment proposal with some viewpoints were presented. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was asked if there has been any new feedback from teams.
“We’ve received some feedback on various options, one of which contemplated a realignment,” Daly wrote in an e-mail. “It’s still too early whether that option will ever formally be considered by the Board of Governors.”

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Bubbly Girard Enjoying Life After Hockey

from Kevin Dupont of the Boston Globe:

Philippe Sauve, keeping the backup goalie spot warm in the Hub of Hockey while Hannu Toivonen shapes up his game in Providence, grew up outside of Montreal and became close pals with Jonathan Girard, the former Bruins defenseman forced to retire early last season following a severe auto accident in the summer of 2003.
“We’re the same age [26], and over the years we played against each other, and on some of the same teams, too, especially over the summer,” said Sauve, whose father, Bob, the former NHL goalie, is a longtime agent who also represented Girard.

“From what I understand, he’s opening a spa—with massages, European baths, that sort of stuff—back in Joliette,” said Sauve. “There are a few in the area now, and they’re doing very well, from what I understand, so that should be good for him.
“Most of all, he feels good, and he’s OK.”


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Putting His Foot Down

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

It’s doubtful the Flyers are going to be able to deal C Peter Forsberg at the NHL’s trade deadline because the risk might be too high. He suffered a groin injury last week and blamed it on the foot problem which has plagued him all season. But Forsberg has had 17 people examine his right foot—including a doctor in Boston this weekend—and not one of them can find anything wrong. The club hasn’t won a game with him out of the lineup this season.

continued with all sorts of juicy (and sometimes believable) rumours…

 

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Jagr- Slight Groin Pull

Jagr didn’t make it out for the 3rd period of the Rangers/Canadiens game.  Suffered a slight groin pull in the 2nd period.

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Using The Blocker

from the New York Times,

In addition to being avid students of technique, goalies are absolute geeks when it comes to selecting their equipment, Ms. Dibiase said: ask a goalie what he thinks of a new stick or leg pad, and you are liable to hear an exhaustive — and possibly exhausting — reply.
The Hockey Company is preparing for these net-minding scholars to render their opinions on the Rbk Xpulse 10.0 Goalie Blocker, a $299 cushion designed to deflect high-velocity shots. Worn on the same hand that grasps the stick, the new blocker is meant to serve the needs of today’s more limber goalies.

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Oh Those Nicknames

from Glen Goodhand at the Hockey News,

Those who suggest players from the Original Six era are better than today’s NHLers would almost certainly have an argument on their hands, but one thing is certain: Hockey nicknames were certainly superior then compared to today.
How much time did Jean-Sebastien Giguere’s teammates spending dreaming up ‘Jiggy’? Stephane Yelle is ‘Yeller’ to his teammates in Calgary and anyone who plays with Chris Pronger calls him ‘Prongs’ – although, a few former fans in Edmonton may have some other interesting monikers for him.

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WJC Final Thoughts

Joe Pelletier is a frequent KK contributor.

- There are only two players in the entire tournament who would be able to make an impact in the NHL immediately - Nicklas Backstrom and Jack Johnson. Jonathan Toews probably could play right away, but he’s still a little slight, as evidenced by his fatiguing in gold medal game. Erik Johnson looked great, at times.

- Steve Downie is going to be boom or bust. He’s a dirty, a-hole version of Henrik Sedin. In other words, he’s got great hockey sense, but I hope someone gives it to him when he makes the NHL.

- I know Vancouver fans are excited about Luc Bourdon, and with good reason. But no one seems to remember the Canucks passed on Marc Staal (and for that matter Anze Kopitar). Staal might not have the same high end potential, but he’s the kind of guy championships are won around.

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Tootoo Ready To Take A Punch To The Head

from the Tennessean,

Tootoo said Friday he hopes the Blues focus more on him than they do on winning.
“I think it’s a positive for our team,’’ Tootoo said. “It takes a lot of their players off their games and they’re focusing more on me, which is great because I’m a fourth-line player and energy player.
“I can take a lot of heat and it makes me play that much harder. They can beak all they want to me, but to me it’s a positive, knowing I got them off their game.’‘
Tootoo said he looks forward to emotional contests.
“I know I’ll probably play a few extra minutes, hopefully creating some penalties,’’ he said. “I’ll definitely take a punch to the head for the team. We’ve got a very strong power play and I’ll sacrifice my body for whatever it takes….”

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